from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To fail, especially in a course or an examination.
- transitive v. To fail (an examination or course).
- transitive v. To give a failing grade to.
- n. The act or an instance of flunking.
- n. A failing grade.
- flunk out To expel or be expelled from a school or course because of work that does not meet required standards.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Of a student, to fail a class; to not pass.
- v. Of a teacher, to deny a student a passing grade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A failure or backing out.
- intransitive v. To fail, as on a lesson; to back out, as from an undertaking, through fear.
- transitive v. To fail in; to fail to pass (a test, examination, or course of study).
- transitive v. To shirk, as a task or duty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fail or give up; break down or back down, as from incompetence or fear: often with out: as, to flunk in a school recitation or examination; to flunk out from a contest.
- To cause to fail, as in a recitation or an examination.
- n. A failure or back-down; in colleges, a complete failure in a recitation or an examination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fail to get a passing grade
- n. failure to reach a minimum required performance
And so we, lowly flunk from the salt mines, introduced our boss's boss (and others) to Mr Sinha.
a "greasy grind" -- and yet fail of prominence; and one could fail to pass -- "flunk" -- and yet climb to the pinnacle of prominence.
Or if you like the cool, dispassionate analysis, I'd recommend the Union of Concerned Scientists or the well-respected journalist Eric Pooley's take on how the authors -- who he says are friends of his -- "flunk" the science.
I don't think it's possible "flunk" the tmatt trio, as you say.
Supposedly, there is no way to "flunk" a stress test.
Well, I suppose totally incoherent and / or self-contradictory answers might cause the person to "flunk" in a certain way, but I don't think the tmatt trio is some tool to enforce orthodoxy.
I'd been dropping "flunk" in tests to note that they weren't implemented yet, but that can get confusing pretty quickly.
Eric Pooley's take on how the authors -- who he says are friends of his -- "flunk" the science.
Maybe volunteers might even "flunk" the fostering program -- as Laibe once did -- and decide to adopt, she said.
As to Mr. Kerr's letter, I would have thought that what happened at Harvard ” about which he is silent ” is more important than to characterize me: I have a "personal, partial, and interested point of view"; I believe in a "behind-the-scenes conspiracy" between the Carnegie Commission and the authors of the book; I "flunk" the test of fairness and objectivity.
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